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Research in Physics and Astronomy

Our students conduct high-level research alongside our faculty, utilizing the advanced instrumentation and facilities available on the Colgate campus.
Many students choose to remain on campus over the summer to continue their studies with paid research positions.


Ho Science CenterThe Department of Physics and Astronomy is located in the Ho Science Center (campus map). The center is designed to enhance the sciences, encourage multidisciplinary fields of study, teach students collaborative learning, and recognize the importance of community outreach.

Our faculty maintain state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in which they and their students collaborate on a wide variety of research in the fields of physics and astronomy. Ho is also home to the Ho Tung Visualization Lab.

More information about the Ho Science Center

Foggy Bottom Observatory Foggy Bottom Observatory (FBO) is located directly on the Colgate campus (campus map). It's hilltop location and Colgate's rural setting allow researchers clear views of night sky with minimal light pollution. Our faculty and student researchers in many respects find the FBO to be a home away from home.

Astronomy Research and FBO Information

Ho Tung Visualization LabAn incredible complement to the Foggy Bottom Observatory, the Ho Tung visualization lab allows our students to study planets, stars, constellations, and other astronomical objects no matter what the weather is. The state-of-the-art 55-seat digital theater Ho Science Center features a digital projector that allows us to project 3D animations and shows made in an immersive dome environment.

More information about the visualization lab

Student Research Projects

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Student Presentations, Posters, and Publications

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Students observe an image of the earth from space while seated in the Ho Tung Visualization Lab